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Obligatory Thankfulness Post: AKA Pat Yourself on the Back

TODAY’S BREW: Mimosas! It’s Thanksgiving, baby!

 

I love Thanksgiving.  Huge fan of turkey, as big a fan of stuffing.  I love watching the Macy’s parade on tv over several mimosas with the kids.  It always happened at my house growing up, minus the mimosas.  For someone who doesn’t love football, and that is how you know Kristen isn’t writing this post, I like the sound of it in the background.  It means the people I love are with me.  Granted, I would like to know that over the sounds of say, a decent movie, or Duck Dynasty, but I will take what I can get.

I will not bore with you with my thankfulness for my family and shelter and food, blah blah blah.  (But I am thankful for those things, and make a point of saying it every day.)

I am thankful TO BE A GOOD WRITER.

There, I said it!  Writers have a really bad habit of self-doubting.  I get it, your imagination and uniqueness is out in the open for all to see and reject.  Case in point, if you put it out there to begin with for people to see, you are already a good writer!  You already love your own work enough to think someone else will.  Chances are, you’re right.  Remember in school when they would tell you to ask the dumb question because someone else will have the same question and is too afraid to ask it?  It’s like that, but with writing.

I am thankful that I know the difference between my best work and my worst.  I am thankful that I have good grammar.  I am thankful for ideas that are completely mine, whether they be based in popular culture or not.  I am thankful that I can envision a character and create a world for them.  I am thankful that I can stick out a story until the end, and never give up on it.  I am thankful to have an amazing writing partner and a husband that encourage and support me and tell me the truth.  Which I often ignore, granted.  I am thankful that even though I have completed my first novel, I am not afraid to make revisions on it to make it stronger, not because anyone said it was weak, but because I think it makes it better. Just me.  I am incredibly thankful to have the time to write.  It’s that simple.

Most of all, I am thankful that I need to write.  This is what makes me a good writer, the need I have for it.  I am willing to bet, it is what makes you a good writer, too.  I need to express myself on paper, yes good old-fashioned, tree-killing paper, or the whole world suffers.  I am so thankful that I have been given a gift like this, that I recognize and act on.

Having written all my life, like many of us, once again, I never really thought it was anything all that special.  It came to me so easily.  When I told the first person on the outside that I was writing a novel, my assistant manager at one unnamed lingerie retail store, she was in shock.  She said she didn’t have the imagination to even be able to read something like Running Home, let alone write it.  My way of thanking her for helping me realize that I had a talent was by making her a character.  She asked to be a bitch, and boy do I deliver.  Enjoy, Jenn, I will post an excerpt with you in it.

My point is, be thankful that you have an ability to even want to put your words on paper!  Don’t wait for anyone else to tell you that you are a good writer.  YOU ARE A GOOD WRITER BECAUSE YOU WRITE.  So there.

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7 thoughts on “Obligatory Thankfulness Post: AKA Pat Yourself on the Back

  1. I’m thankful to you both, you are great friends. I’m also thankful for this post. I haven’t been feeling like a good writer. This helped me to remember, that as long as I continue to write something has to be good.
    Thank you.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. ((hugs))

    • Thank you, Mari, for being such a good friend to us both, and being so encouraging always. Especially now, when Kristen’s post was so much nicer than mine. I felt a little like a jerk after that one. I meant every word, though. Something that comes from your imagination is always good, always worth it. Unless it is a real life plan to kill a lot of people or something.

      –Julie

      • Kristen’s post was more holiday related, but your post touched me. I’ve been feeling down regarding my writing. I can’t get anymore of my story for Nano. I’ve given up on it, so I feel like a failure. I’m trying to write a scary story for you guys, but my beta readers say. “Not scary.” Your post reminded me that my writing is important even if it doesn’t flow how I want it to. Thank you.

      • Everybody goes through the “I’m a failure” feeling, sometimes hourly…trust me. I talk a good game but am just as guilty of it. Here’s my soapbox for a minute. You can’t write the end of a story that the writing world forced you to do in a month as a challenge. You didn’t wake up one day inspired to do it, someone else told you to. You are worried that the story you wrote isn’t scary enough because everyone else tells you it’s not. MARI WELLS! WRITE WHAT YOU WANT TO WRITE WHEN YOU WANT TO WRITE IT AND GODDAMN ANYBODY WHO SAYS OTHERWISE!!!! If you finish that story for us, I demand you send it to us! It’s a hell of an accomplishment just to finish, and it will hit home with someone, I guarantee. The end.

        –Julie (as if you couldn’t tell)

  2. Horror doesn’t always have to be traditionally scary. Think of the movies and stories that scared you the most. I’m sure my story won’t be scary either.

  3. I love you, Julie. You are always encouraging me. You are a great friend. Thank you.

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